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This Day in History
Seven and a half centuries plus six years ago, the Teutonic Knights of the Livonian Order faced its most crushing defeat at the hands of the Lithuanian Grand Duchy at the Battle of Durbe; two hundred and twenty-nine years before the here and now, the still only ‘Continental Congress’ enacted the Northwest Ordinance which provided rules for the admission of territories as states and set limits on the expansion of slavery; six years subsequently, in 1793, across the Atlantic pond in France, the thinker and activist Jean Paul Marat died at the hands of assassin Charlotte Corday; half a decade onward from that, in 1798, across the English Channel, along the river Wye, William Wordsworth found himself so enchanted with Tintern Abbey that practically on the spot he composed one of his more famous poems that imagined being miles above the lovely spot; thirty-two years henceforth, in 1830, half a world away on the Subcontinent, Scottish ecclesiastic functionaries joined with local Indians to establish a General Assembly’s Institution, which transformed into the Scottish Culture College, in Calcutta, India; MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
Perhaps the most tragic outcome of the omnipresent mediation of make-believe and the resulting destruction of any analytical acuity to comprehend society and call forth a sustainable evolution is that the fake creativity of surreal and socially false storytelling guarantees that neither the engaged imagination nor the apropos inventiveness necessary to solve our problems will prove possible.
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TODAY’S HEART, SOUL, & AWARENESS VIDEO
FINANCIALIZED MONOPOLIZED FARMING AS AGRICULTURE OF DEATH
A brief and yet profoundly and deeply reported documentation of how monopoly-agricultural interests in the Philippines have promoted a ‘Golden Rice’ that through the legerdemain of genetic engineering promises to address the Vitamin-A deficiency that plutocratic impoverishment produces with a technical rather than a social solution, the end result of which will be accelerated profits, increased monopolization, furthered small-farm destruction, and even greater malnutrition and inequality.
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A Truth Dig post that looks at attempts to bring back that which has been lost in education all this time: “The Humanitas program involved a collaborative format with history and art teachers (we had no philosophy component), and it felt like an exciting idea. The training conducted by Anstead and other colleagues was thorough, rigorous and always intellectually stimulating. It was bolstered with staff development sessions conducted by the Humanitas Initiative and its flagship team. A fraternal feeling grew between the program’s teachers in the district as we learned how our colleagues at other schools were developing units, themes and essay questions.”
A Slate look at the conditions of predictions markets, which seek to predict the outcome of events such as political election outcomes, and why they have grown problematic: “Prediction markets took a lot of heat for their prediction on Brexit (holding steady with a predicted probability 25 percent during the week leading up to the vote while polls did not flip from “Leave” to “Remain” until the final day). Probabilistic predictions can and will “fail, ” but it is good to understand why this is happening. Prediction markets have a strong track record and people trust them. And that actually may be the problem right now.”
A chilling Aeon essay that looks at where humanity is going in its pursuit of eternal life, health without health habits, and in general accept scientism’s abominations: “Scientists in the United States are creating so-called ‘human-pig chimeras’ which will be capable of growing the much-needed organs. These chimeras are animals that combine human and pig characteristics. They are like mules that will provide organs that can be transplanted into humans. A mule is the offspring of a male donkey (jack) and a female horse (mare). Horses and donkeys are different species with different numbers of chromosomes, but they can breed together.”